sab: (fg >> you might think we're in sync)
For [ profile] cincodemaygirl who asked for it, and [ profile] tzikeh who also and separately asked for it - the official Nellie McKay pimp post. You can check out her wikipedia entry, but the nuts and bolts are: here's a classically trained voice/opera singer/theater brat who at age 19, living as a hippie vegetarian with her mom in Brooklyn, decided to become a hard-core satirical rapper/artist.

She's been described as a cross between Doris Day and Eminem; I'd throw a little Jean Grae and a little Fiona Apple in there too. She's been in movies and starred on Broadway in the Threepenny Opera and her songs tell the story of a geeky, feminist, big-stage performer in her early 20s trying to figure out where the money is and how to make the world a better place.

Her first (and best) two-disc album, Get Away From Me won all sorts of awards, despite its giant PARENTAL GUIDANCE label, and is far and away one of my all-time favorite records. Her third album, Obligatory Villagers is less hip-hop and more big-band, but with Nellie's famed rapidfire lyrics and satire. For reasons unknown, her second album, Pretty Little Head somehow vanished from my computer, but I still have a couple tracks from it I'll throw in.

And so!

your guide to Nellie McKay, with downloads and whatnots )

I tried to provide a range of types, from hip-hop sounds to Broadway sounds to singer-songwriter sounds to 40's pop sounds... sample a few and see how you feel.

I ♥ Nellie hardcore and am happy to answer any questions and provide any info or squeeing that might be needed here. Squee!

(P.S. Feel free to look through my "foods that begin with q" [pimp posts] or "music" [music] tags, and if there's anything you want that's expired I'll be happy to reup. Most of my uploads from the last two years at least are on MU and should still be there, now and forever. THANKS MU!)

(*asterisk) This post is incomplete without the missing tracks "Sari" and "Identity Theft;" two of my favorite Nellie songs. If a kind passerby donates them I'll slap 'em up for completion's sake. If you find them on your own, enjoy!
sab: (fg >> you might think we're in sync)
Is there a thing where you can list all the artists and bands whose tour schedules you want to see, or when they are in town?

I don't mean signing up for individual artists' mailings (done that), or for signing up with a ticket service that lists everything in the area from sports events to comedy shows to concerts (got that too) -- I'm wondering if there's something like where you can select a set of artists or locations or whatever, and they e-mail you monthly updates or you check a site or something?

At least one of you, including probably [ profile] filmg33k and [ profile] ropo, knows the answer to this, yes?
sab: (fg >> you might think we're in sync)
Was time for an end-of-summer music compilation, a present from me to youse. You'll see my favorites showing at the seams, 18 tracks by 14 artists. *g* Even the title's from the Hold Steady's "Charlemagne in Sweatpants," though that track didn't make the cut; I think it was on my last mix; god forbid I should have repeats! Anyway, download, enjoy, if music be the food of love rock on, &c.

Tramps Like Us (And We Like Tramps)
1. Slung-Lo - Erin McKeown
2. Uh-Merica - Regina Spektor
3. Mystery and Crime - Joel Plaskett Emergency
4. Most People Are DJs - The Hold Steady
5. Lay Me Down - Glen Hansard, Live
6. Keep It There - The Weepies
7. Going Crazy - Jean Grae
8. Identity Theft - Nellie McKay
9. Lake Street Is For Lovers - Lifter Puller
10. Fogtown (Michelle Shocked Cover) - Glen Hansard & Mic Christopher, Live
11. Work Out Fine - Joel Plaskett Emergency
12. Certain Songs - The Hold Steady
13. Ride The Nuclear Wave - The Oranges Band
14. When Doves Cry (Prince Cover) - The Be Good Tanyas
15. We're Both So Sorry - Mirah
16. In Spite Of Me - Morphine
17. Me & My Microphone - Kano ft. Kate Nash
18. Bonus Tracks: Ask Her For Adderall, Cheyenne Sunrise, Two Handed Handshake - The Hold Steady

Tramps Like Us (And We Like Tramps) 83mb, rar file

Anything you like, ask me, I'll give ya more! Also you should buy cds from all of these artists, as each one is fantastic and worth knowing.
sab: (un >> hey remember that time)
Boys and girls in America (and Europe, and Canada, and Asia, and Oceania, and even the Pole, for [ profile] 30toseoul)! I promised a pimping post about The Hold Steady [wikipedia], and here she comes.

About... four years ago I got hooked on Regina Spektor and her entire songography was on repeat on my Zune for months. Now it's the Hold Steady, and I've actually become unable to listen to anything else without wishing it was Craig Finn's Jersey vibe and half-spoken lyrics against that 80s real-band-playing-real-instruments track. They've drawn comparisons to Springsteen and REM, the Tragically Hip and Sonic Youth, Ted Leo and even Billy Joel. They are all these things and more, people!

Here's their one single, though I don't even know if it got radio play; the opening track from "Boys and Girls in America," Stuck Between Stations. Take it as a taster; if you like it, just keep rocking the fuck on with the rest of their discography.

There are four albums so far, and while individually they're amazing, and while individual tracks on each album can also be isolated as a-fucking-mazing, there's an even better story happening across the four albums, starring the same set of characters (Hallelujah [call her Holly] the teenage burnout, Charlemagne, the struggling drug dealer/pimp, and Gideon, the gang member -- and a whole cast of other supporting characters who get drunk at music festivals, get fucked against dumpsters behind townie bars, get in knife fights, fall in love, party till it almost kills them, and wake up in Ybor City looking for a change).

The aesthetic is set up on the first record, "Almost Killed Me," with a growling lyric-rich Craig Finn and some old-school hair band/punk guitar licks.

Then "Separation Sunday" really got the narrative ball rolling; it's entirely a concept album based around Holly, Charlemagne and Gideon, slightly rawer than the other records and still totally lyric-based and groovy.

"Boys and Girls in America" is totally the most accessible record, and where lots of fans (including me!) got started. Three years ago or so, [ profile] pene and [ profile] unwinding came to town and played me "Citrus" and "Party Pit," and I fell into this band crush headlong. Later when I went back to hear the two earlier albums I started reading the narrative and character development (as well as musical development and shifting styles), but for the first few months all I listened to was BaGiA. It's where the single (above) is from, and it busted the Hold Steady into mainstream reviewers' consciousness. Read a review from Pitchfork Media, here.

The newest record, "Stay Positive," just came out a couple months ago, and while being an album totally addressed to summer '08, is also a bookend to "Almost Killed Me," which started with the song "Positive Jam" as a band intro. "Stay Positive," after four records of some killer highs and some crushing lows, reminds us, "it's one thing to start with a positive jam; it's another thing to see it all through." I can not stop listening to "Stay Positive," occasionally clicking back to tracks on the earlier albums just to remember how they pay off in the most recent record.

zip file full of songs, and commentary about them, under cut )
sab: (what? it's the love of a dog and his boy)
Hi everybody! I'm looking for some songs I know you have. If you can help, can you YSI me or something-else me or e-mail me or wossname? You are TEAM AWESOME.

clickin' here for songs I want )
sab: (if I cover my eyes you can't see me)
Thick-Necked Man, Crash Test Dummies. Here's Brad Roberts again with a voice like an ancient steamship twanging his way through alt-country riddled with harmonicas, cowbells and a large vibrating egg. This a great down-with-the-man (any man!) anthem that's gotta be more resonant now, even, than it was when it was written fifteen years ago. He watches TV, all-star wrestling, slams a six of ale, hits his wife and wrecks the car and spends a long dark night in jail / preacher man he comes around, says does he know the mess he's in? He says he'll turn to Jesus if he'll bail him out and buy him gin

Mirrorframes, Summer Blanket. What's beautiful about this song is that you immediately feel like you've heard it before, like it's a campfire tune you grew up with. It turns out that's because this uses some very common folk riffs, and Keith Michaud, who is Summer Blanket, has the kind of rumbly, reassuring proto 30something folkboy voice that curls into the back of your brain like it was born there. Fans of Josh Ritter should check out Summer Blanket. So do I hold you down, do I keep you in place? Sometimes I can't tell by that look on your face so I'm putting mirrors into all our picture frames so you can see yourself right now.

Dragon Ships, Fruit Bats. One more step in my continued crusade to foist all of Fruit Bats' discography upon you people. This has the usual combination of weird lyrics that get even weirder upon investigation, set to a catchy, indie rock track. Another one that's fun to sing, especially the chorus. I wish I was a Viking in 1103, I'd fuck up shit on the high cold sea.


(+ 2 more, which were waiting for either Songs that begin with M or Songs that begin with T, but then I spent a favorite T and a favorite M already, above, so these are freebies)

Might As Well Dance, Patty Larkin. I defy you not to literally jig. Ohhhh, the boogeyman'll getcha! Ooooh, when you're lyin' in your bed! Pull the pillow off your head -- you might as well dance!

They'll Need A Crane, They Might Be Giants. You've all already heard this song but maybe you don't have it and it's SO plaintive and sad! Punk and I have big plans to write XF songfic to this, where Mulder and Scully get a divorce. Don't call me at work again, no, no the boss still hates me / I'm just tired and I don't love you anymore / and there's a restaurant we should check out where the other nightmare people like to go / I mean nice people, baby, wait, I didn't mean to say nightmare.
sab: (no one's gonna hurt you)
Once more with feeling!

Anybody within hearing distance that can beta an NCIS fic today? Usual suspects will receive mail under usual cover, but I'd love help from people who read/write NCIS fic in particular. Too. Thanks!


For the rest of you, here's two songs one song I can't listen to, ever. I've never heard these songs this song full through without crying. I'd love to hear if the same happens to you. They're brilliant, also.

"I Am Not Going Home Yet," Jenn Lindsay.

"Birches," Bill Morrissey Thanks, [ profile] gem225!
sab: (what? it's the love of a dog and his boy)
See the previous entry for songs that begin with B, lemme know if you need a re-up.

These are YSI links all, and mp3s most.

I was doing handstands on the bandstand at the shimmy-shimmy coco-pop bar )
sab: (what? it's the love of a dog and his boy)
Except it's songs that begin with B, today.

B Sides, get 'em while they're up )
sab: (hawkeye leaves a wakeup call)
[ profile] wearemany set to blitz LJ with NO MORE WAR songs, here on the third anniversary of MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I give you:
Everywhere, Billy Bragg (YSI link; thanks, [ profile] simplystars!)

over here, over there, it's the same everywhere )
sab: (love kills: wear a funny hat)
Soundtracks I would love. Do you have these?

Evita (the Madonna/Jonathan Pryce one)
Les Miserables
The Fantasticks
Into The Woods
My Fair Lady (mmm, Rex Harrison)
Jesus Christ Superstar: Resurrection (with the Indigo Girls)

Buffy: OMWF

ALSO Wednesday's Black. White.? I can only find a torrent for the ipod version! Growl.

If you can provide, I'll repay you with music I think you'll like?

Everyone else: I plan on returning to the world tomorrow. REALLY.
sab: ("things stupid people say" for 400)
I miss Gmail, back in the good old days when a person could transmit files over the intarweb and another person would receive them on his/hir own computer in an INBOX of some sort! Gmail has been down now for far too long for the ADD generation; I'm getting agita.

Here's more Fruit Bats, this one makes you want to simultaneously bop and whistle, AND contains Chris "We Are Still Mad At You" Carter's favorite horse latitudes. Fruit Bats, "A Dodo's Egg". Holler if you like, holler if you want more, holler if Gmail rises from the ashes and spreads its wings full of e-mail again?

And to celebrate Gmail's reupping, Eisley,"Trolley Wood," which is about a magical wood with trolleys in it! Would I lie to you?

ETA: Still mad at Chris Carter.
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I sent my script off to my instructor Monday night, such as it was, out of my hands, pip pip, cheerio, expect notes back in a week or so and then it's rewrite time.

Today, I spent all day either walking TO court, being AT court, or walking home from court.

Tomorrow, I commence to temp(orarily) temp!

Today, this is how we do: iTunes played a mess of stuff while I marched to Praetoria, I jotted 'em down because I am always thinking ofyou people! and now, while I wait for my four Advils to kick in,, I post the lyrics, you guess 'em, I uplo*d them subsequently. Llamas on demand. There's some gimmes in there for a bunch of you, you will know who you are.

can I really talk about slaking with a girl? )
sab: (play)
Why won't my iTunes launch? [ profile] megolas is our King.

I click on the icon, and I get the arrow cursor and then the arrow/hourglass cursor for a moment, and then just the arrow cursor while the computer thinks, and then the arrow/hourglass a little, and then just the arrow and it's all over and NO PROGRAM LAUNCHES? [ETA: !? interbang!]

the enclosed is for archival purposes only! )
sab: (typo's gonna kill you)
This chick was a good friend of mine at camp, 1988, came to my bat mitzvah, hooked up with Chris Cayten (lucky bitch), went on to wow critics with her debut novel about the Starkweather homicides: Outside Valentine, Liza Ward.

It would probably be easier to track down the folks who went to camp with me who didn't go on to wow the art world in all its various capacities; it was that kind of camp, with some scary-ass brilliant alum. And, lest we forget, here I am, still.

The famed and art-world-wowing (though not Buck's Rock alum) Published Author who, as wiki might say, owns the LJ with the account [ profile] edonohana, wrote some Logan/Weevil, here: Five Things That Never Happened to Logan Echolls, where the first chapter, "tattoo," is for MEEE because I requested Logan and Weevil in detention. I mean. GO BREAKFAST CLUB PIRATES!

Comedy teaches us the rule of threes, but I've got no big news regarding published authors in particular to share with you beyond the two above, and so, instead, I give you Pandora Radio, originally seen, I think, on [ profile] thete1's LJ. I am so plugged in, yo. I made a Favorite Music list, also linked over here <<<< in the sidebar thingy, and if you were interested in visiting that list, I would LOVE mp3s of any or all of those songs. So far Tom Waits Radio, Pigeon John Radio, and Patty Griffin Radio have proven to yield the best results, but I've been fucking around so much I think I've gotten most of the way through Pandora's 10,000 songography in the space of a handful of days.
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Oh and also? Does anyone have Coolio's vers. of "Gangsta's Paradise" on mp3 they could send me?
sab: (nickels! nickels!)
CAn anyone zip or yousendit or something me Sarah Harmer's "You Were HEre" album?

I will exchange any sort of episode of House or Stargate: Atlantis or some such at your pleasure. THANK YOU!
sab: (scruffy-lookin' scoundrel)
The previous lyrical exhibition was only a test. Had it been a real query, I would not know the answers to the question of which songs said lyrics belonged to. As it is, I do know (mostly), and have cribbed said for you, behind the following lj-cut.

Cribbed Lyric Answer Sheet LJ-Cut Here )

Meanwhile, I'm spending a good portion of my inter-car time these days with KZLA, America's Most Listened-To Country Station. Or, as I prefer to say, "country music radio station," because I love the rhythm of that phrase. It's practically dactylic.

People complain about the radio in LA, but I'm really pretty pleased with it. We spawned Ryan Seacrest, after all, though I'm developing a new fondness for his replacement, Jason Pullman, on the drive-time slot on STAR 98.7, which has all ten songs on the pop playlist you could ever want. Jason Pullman got a lot of flak because in the dark he sounds just like Seacrest, from the wide-mouthed chuckle to the "I'm-not-gay-really" slushy sibilants. Personally, I was peeved that Lisa Foxx, Ryan's longtime cohost, didn't step up and headline the show herself, and I was tempted to blame the market for immediately bringing in a new GUY rather than letting Lisa helm for a while, but at the end of the day, Lisa's just not charismatic enough to have her own show. She's a sidekick. And there I go, betraying the sisterhood once more.

Back to radio. KCRW, of course, represents as our NPR-and-Polyphonic Spree station, as every good urban market needs a place to go for Garrison Keillor and Morning Becomes Eclectic. And we've got 103.1, excuse me INDY 103.1, the new Clearchannel "independent" radio station which, despite a propensity for Pearl Jam and Bob Marley, really does an okay job playing indie-label stuff. Bottom line, a reasonable dial, and I've got four out of my six preprogrammed buttons in the car taken care of without having to revert to oldies and/or Pacifica.

And yet. Some time earlier this year, I decided I'd give the country music radio station a try. Which isn't to say I'm without affection for country music as a genre; quite the contrary, actually. I've always been a mamas-don't-let-yer-babies-grow-up cowgirl, but with the exception of the rockabilly brigade (Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, Jr) and the alt-country bluegrass mainstream (Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss), my knowledge of straight-up contemporary country fizzled out sometime around Dolly Parton. I mean, I can pick Trisha Yearwood out of a lineup, and I can hum along to Reba, but there's a whole school of skinny girls and modern cowboys who have (up until now) eluded me. Enter KZLA.

I've been listening steadily since, oh, Christmas? I change channels for commercials or war songs (of which there has been a preponderance, and I find them all both manipulative and frightening, which is to say, I listen to "American Soldier" and it makes me cry, and then makes me angry with myself for being duped, so, anyway, off to KCRW or Indy I go) -- I check 98.7 first, stick if it's "Hey Ya" ('cause if you don't like that song, check yourself for a pulse), stick if it's Five For Fighting's "100 Years," switch if it's that Hoobastank song or anything by Sarah McLachlan, check Indie 103.1 and stay unless it's Bob Marley or tuneless punk, check KCRW and stay unless it's the all-Radiohead hour (because I'm in the CAR, yo). And still I'm left with a hot whole lot of country songs.

I don't know the names or artists for any of 'em. Nine months of listening, you'd think I'd pick up something, but, nada. I can sing along and the top of my lungs, and I do, but I can't tell Toby Keith from Kenny Chesny and I can't tell Rachel wossname from Mindy wossname either.

Therefore (because you folks are way more interesting than google), I bring you the What Country Song Am I Probably Misquoting Country Music Radio Station Lyrics Quiz List. If you've ever spun to the country side of the dial, please, take a gander:

the band played songs that we had never heard )


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